Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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Are Charter Schools and Teachers Unions Compatible?

All of us at Education Post believe that open, honest conversation among people with a diversity of viewpoints can help…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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Coffee Break: BIE’s Brad Jupp on Native American Education, Embracing Tribal Culture and Sharing Stories of Hope

Brad Jupp is a former teacher with the Denver Public Schools who worked in the U.S. Department of Education during…

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016

Statement on President-Elect Trump’s Nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos is a well-known proponent of school choice, but her home state of Michigan, where she has played an…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016
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Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With the Families in Chattanooga

There is no greater trust than that of parents who hand over their children to schools every day, believing, hoping…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Statement on Antwan Wilson’s Appointment as New Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson has been named by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the new…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 21, 2016
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Charter Schools Are Working for Kids and Parents. Here’s How We Can Tell That Story.

There are various views about public school choice coming out of the 2016 election. Some choice advocates view the Trump…

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Posted Nov. 15, 2016
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Would a Republican Government Be Good for School Kids? I’m Skeptical.

Now that Republicans are running Congress, the White House and two-thirds of the states, we will find out whether conservative…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 9, 2016
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Who Won Last Night’s Election? Not the Kids.

By any measure, last night was a tough night for pro-education reform Democrats. Defying expectations and the polls, Republican Donald…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 18, 2016
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Statement from Peter Cunningham on LAUSD Board’s Potential Action on Charter Schools

The school board of Los Angeles is putting politics ahead of children by considering a vote to close Los Angeles charter…

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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Sunshine in Chicago: Don’t Write Mayor Emanuel’s Political Obituary Yet

According to local legend, Richard J. Daley, the Mayor of Chicago from 1955 to 1976, was once told that a…

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Are Charter Schools and Teachers Unions Compatible?

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Posted Dec. 1, 2016
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I Thought People Like Me Didn’t Go to Ivy League Schools. I Proved Myself Wrong.

Last year, during my senior year at IDEA Quest College Preparatory in Edinburg, Texas, I asked my brother, Danny, where I should apply to college.…

By Carolina Cantu

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Posted Nov. 28, 2016
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Black, Proud and Pro-School Choice: Sorry, I’m Not Sorry

In ratifying a resolution to issue a moratorium on charter schools, the NAACP—despite its storied history of defending the civil rights of Black and Brown…

By Jeremiah Grace

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